The 2019 Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit attendees and the Idyllwild community gathered for the “Celebrating Resilience” opening event at Idyllwild Arts Academy, featuring the Cahuilla Bird Singers, Cahuilla Artist Emily Clarke, and the internationally renowned Earth Warrior Dancers.
The evening began with a welcome and blessing from the Cahuilla Tribe and their Bird Singers, led by Bill Madrigal. Climate Science Alliance Deputy Director Alexandria Warneke introduced the Cahuilla Artist Emily Clarke, who read an original poem to the attendees.
With an introduction from Idyllwild Arts’ Shaliyah Ben, the Earth Warrior dancers took the stage. The Earth Warriors are an international renowned group featuring Tony Duncan, Violet Duncan, and their four children.
The community gathering was a perfect kick-off to the three-day Summit, providing a space to come together, acknowledge and recognize what it means to be resilient in the face of change.
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